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The Daily News has reported that that all systems are 'go' for a new car ferry service linking Songkhla with Sattahip Port in Chonburi Province, not far from the  infamous tourist town of Pattaya ('You can come whenever you want!). 

 

According to the article, the project is a joint venture between Thailand's Port Authority and the Source Ferry Company, which has already purchased the Blue Dolphin ferry second-hand from a port in Hokkaido Japan.

 

The 330-tonne vessel is 336 meters long and can fit 80 pickups, 20 cars and 586 passengers, according to the report. 

 

It has a cruising speed of 17knots and can complete the 519km voyage in 18-20 hours. It has cabins, elevators, dining areas. 

 

The service should be a godsend for people wanting to travel by car between Thailand's south and eastern seaboard regions without the nightmare 24-hour drive though the nation's infamous traffic chaos. 

 

According to the report the vessel is already in Thailand and under repair.

 

Photos provided in the original story show the vessel as appearing clean and high-tech, though it was not stated when the photos were taken. 

 

The service is expected to be launched in February or March.

 

Company representatives said  the pricing structure has yet to be determined.

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43 minutes ago, phuketsub said:

 

 

According to the article, the project is a joint venture between Thailand's Port Authority and the Source Ferry Company, which has already purchased the Blue Dolphin ferry second-hand 

 

According to the report the vessel is already in Thailand and under repair.

 

 

 

Methinks I will give it a miss...😧

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so they are trying again eh.  It will no doubt be the same as last time, and the time before that, an economic no hope. 

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So at 336 metres it's longer than the UK's new aircraft carriers and almost as long as the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, according to the Daily News.

 

The one tootling about off Laem Chabang recently appears to be 137m long going by this info which to me seems a bit more believable:

 

https://www.fleetmon.com/vessels/the-blue-dolphin_9100437_3061717/#tab-datasheet

 

 

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4 hours ago, treetops said:

So at 336 metres it's longer than the UK's new aircraft carriers and almost as long as the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, according to the Daily News.

And:

On 1/20/2021 at 7:12 AM, phuketsub said:

330-tonne vessel

336 m long and 330 tonnes.

Is it styrofoam.

:cheesy::cheesy:

Thai news and numbers, garbage as garbage can.

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25 minutes ago, treetops said:

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Could win a prize for most irritating gratuitous sound track 

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On 1/20/2021 at 8:26 AM, VocalNeal said:

I wish them well. Trucks maybe their main customer. Eastern Seabord to Songkhla eliminates the needs for an overnight road journey. 

 

My first thought was that it would benefit semi-truck transportation. The demand for passenger and private car, transport would be minimal IMO. Pricing will be a very important factor as to whether it's popular. Maybe not enough revenue to make it a success.

  

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